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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Nov 7, 2012 11:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Still here - thank goodness

I went through Wilma and it did suck. It was pretty scary watching it come across the Gulf and heading our way at that strength. By the time it hit us it was either a strong cat2 or a weak cat3. I missed a meeting in DC so i had to call in from home. We lost power an hour before my call and apparently the people on the other end of the line were somewhat terrified by what they could hear as i spoke. That is actually a common occurrence, but this time it wasn't because of what was coming out of my mouth. They could here the 105 mph sustained winds whipping over the house and taking with it most of the screen that enclosed our back patio as well as the house alarm going off because it thought the power was cut to the house/alarm by a burglar. We did fine and by then were old pros at dealing without power since Katrina did the same damn thing to us a few months before although it was only a cat1 when it hit us.

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Poster: jgIynn1.2 Date: Nov 7, 2012 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Still here - thank goodness

damned - we only had 55 to 75 for wind. On land it did not rattle me much, way scarier back when I was a commercial fisherman and we go caught out in heavy weather a few times. One time had sustained 60 - 75 (winter storm) and after many hours the shrieking wind through the rigging starts to get on the nerves. That combined with wave action that throws a 58 foot steel fishing vessel around like a dinghy gets pretty scary - but when you are in your 20's and invincible it is no big deal :~)

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Nov 7, 2012 12:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Still here - thank goodness

Glad to hear you are doing okay Jim. Before Sandy hit, i made the point here about how pointless the rating system is. It is solely based on windspeed and a storm isn't even considered a major storm unless its a Cat3. Sandy was barely a Cat1 when it hit and to not considered it a major storm because of this is ridiculous. It provides a false sense of security because it does not take into consideration how dangerous the rain, storm surge or the size of the storm can be. The whole system should be retooled to take everything into account.

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Poster: craven714 Date: Nov 7, 2012 11:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Still here - thank goodness

"coming out of my mouth" HA!

where were you at J- Lo, I mean elbow for Wilma?
105 mph? meh... I know the feeling: I cant listen to the
very begining of "one of these days" (Meddle) ever the same again...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvndA7tfvz8

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_Hurricane_Wilma_in_Florida
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'destroyed tens of thousands of cars...
60% of the homes in Key West were flooded'...

Glad I missed that. Sad not a lot of people even knew
about it.

"After the hurricane had passed, a storm surge from the backwash of up to 8 ft (2.4 m) from the Gulf of Mexico completely inundated a large portion of the lower Keys. Low-lying areas of Key West and the lower Keys, including major tourist destinations were under up to 3 ft (.9 m) of water from the storm surge. 60% of the homes in Key West were flooded.[9] Much of the originally settled "oldtown", such as the Solares Hill and cemetery areas did not flood due to their higher elevations of 12–16 ft (3.7-4.9 m).[10] The surge destroyed tens of thousands of cars throughout the lower Keys and many houses were flooded with 1–2 feet (.3-.6 m) of seawater. A local newspaper referred to Key West and the lower Keys as a "car graveyard".[11] The peak of the storm surge occurred when the eye of Wilma had already passed over the Naples area, and the sustained winds during the surge were less than 40 mph (64 km/h). "

Again, glad you are OK Jim and all you others as well!

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Nov 7, 2012 12:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Still here - thank goodness

I lived south of Miami in an area called Pinecrest. About 40 miles north of Key Largo.

Thanks for posting that last bit, i just ranted again about how stupid the rating system is because it only considers windspeed.

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Poster: craven714 Date: Nov 7, 2012 1:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Still here - thank goodness

Its a small world after all. Was in Pinecrest in the mid-90s.
Been to Parrot Jungle there. Most excellent experience.
Great place. Changed my life about the bird world forever.
Caught a show and saw this a cockatoo named Loleeta. Or
Lo LEEEEEEEEE- Taaaaaa as she said it. (You have to say it
outloud in bird fashion , and quite loudly to get the full effect)
She was the one on the bicycle on the tight rope. But
arent we all.

Holy crap dude. Nice to know. wow
Windspeed, shwinspeed... As with any naturual disaster,
you never know until you know. Mother earth rules.
I do agree with your rant. Thx.
I might be going to hell in a bucket, at least Im
enjoying the ride

Edit~ insert jokes about me seeing
'a cock-or-two' in Key West here: (or dont)

This post was modified by craven714 on 2012-11-07 21:31:31

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Nov 7, 2012 2:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Still here - thank goodness

We moved there in '96 and stayed until '09. I lived about 2 miles from the Parrot Jungle. It was a beautiful place, although they moved out of that area about 10-12 years ago and moved to an island near the Port of Miami. I think they changed the name to Jungle Island and I don't think it was doing real well. Pinecrest bought them out and turned the place into a public park called Pinecrest Gardens. They also built a library and some soccer fields in the open area behind the gardens. I used to bike there with my kids and they also had soccer practices at the field. Really nice area.

I remember Lolita.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Nov 7, 2012 2:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Still here - thank goodness

We moved there in '96 and stayed until '09. I lived about 2 miles from the Parrot Jungle. It was a beautiful place, although they moved out of that area about 10-12 years ago and moved to an island near the Port of Miami. I think they changed the name to Jungle Island and I don't think it was doing real well. Pinecrest bought them out and turned the place into a public park called Pinecrest Gardens. They also built a library and some soccer fields in the open area behind the gardens. I used to bike there with my kids and they also had soccer practices at the field. Really nice area.

I remember Lolita.